SHOUT! Factory will release the first (and only) season of GI Joe Renegades on Blu Ray on September 25.
Source: Press Release
GI Joe: A Real American Hero, the greatest cartoon ever made, ran from 1983 to 1986 and left a legacy of two seasons (including several 5-part miniseries) and a movie, and was subsequently replaced with the an abysmal continuation by DiC Entertainment, an animation company that this reporter is pretty sure was run by mentally impaired Nazi satanists. Since DiC ruined GI Joe forever, there have been multiple attempts to relaunch it, the least offensive of which has been GI Joe: Renegades, airing on Hasbro's Hub network in 2010. Renegades reimagined the Joes as a sort of modern day A-Team, fugitives from the law fighting a secret war against the evil Cobra Industries pharmaceutical corporation.
While everyone agrees that the best case scenario would have been to leave the property alone after the original series, which was the perfect embodiment of everything a cartoon should be, ended prematurely. However, if it absolutely has to be reimagined, it could be worse than Renegades.
"Yeah..." said John D. Hasbro, the founder of Hasbro, which produced the cartoon. "We tried, you know?"
Indeed, Hasbro cannot be faulted for attempting to revitalize the franchise. They do need to sell toys if they want to remain in business, and selling GI Joes, even if they are a pale shadow of their former greatness, is better, and easier, than coming up with something new.
"No one in the entire entertainment industry has had a single original idea since approximately 1996," said Hasbro, speaking very candidly. "We're surprised it's taken people this long to figure it out."
Left with no other alternatives, you might as well pick up the GI Joe: Renegades Season 1 Blu Ray, which hits stores on September 25. The special edition set will feature special bonus features and come in a box. It retails for $49.97, which is a reasonable price.
Here's the press release:
G.I. JOE: RENEGADES THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON BLU-RAY™ COLLECTION
Featuring All 26 Adventurous Episodes and Special Bonus Content Produced by Hasbro Studios in a Collectible 3-Disc Blu-ray Set
OWN IT ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
YO JOE! Fans of the popular animated series G.I. JOE: RENEGADES rejoice! On September 25, 2012, G.I. JOE: RENEGADES: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray Collection debuts on home entertainment shelves from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. This highly anticipated 3-disc Blu-ray set collects all 26 adventure-filled episodes and an original behind-the-scenes look at G.I. JOE: RENEGADES bonus feature. Delivering exciting, action-packed storytelling and spectacular animation, this special Blu-ray collection is a must-have for fans and collectors of all ages and has a suggested retail price of $49.97. This Blu-ray collection is now available for preorder at Amazon.com.
Also available to own on the same day is the G.I. JOE: RENEGADES Season One, Volume Two DVD set, highlighting the second half of exhilarating episodes from the first season.
When a spy mission against Cobra Industries goes awry, a young G.I. JOE team is forced to hit the road as fugitives. Now the group — Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, Ripcord and Snake Eyes — must use their wits and elite training to prove their innocence to the world before being caught by the authorities, Cobra or another elite military team called the Falcons. But can the G.I. JOE team avoid capture long enough to clear their names and bring real justice to Cobra?
G.I. JOE: RENEGADES is produced by Hasbro Studios and boasts an incredible voice cast, including Charlie Adler (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Natalia Cigliuti (Saved by the Bell: The New Class), Jason Marsden (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun) and Kevin Michael Richardson (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), as well as special voice appearances by Clancy Brown (Carnivàle), Michael Emerson (Lost), Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O) and Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), among other notables!
Bonus Features: Original behind-the-scenes look at G.I. JOE: RENEGADES
As excitement builds for this Blu-ray collection, Shout! Factory will announce in-depth bonus feature and additional news in forthcoming months.
G.I. JOE: RENEGADES The Complete First Season 3-Disc Blu-ray Collection
Street Date: September 25, 2012
Running Time: +/- 9.5 hours
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: English, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.
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About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com